I write about art, food, history and innovation. 

My editorial and corporate clients include:

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My experience includes:

  • Adjunct professor of art history at Seton Hall University
  • Lecturer at The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Delivered classes and lectures at Yale University, Princeton University, New England Institute of Art, Fashion Institute of Technology, University of Pittsburgh, New York Institute of Technology and Fordham University.
  • Contributed academic articles to the most recent edition of the Grove Dictionary of Art published by Oxford University Press.
  • Wrote press releases and communication strategy documents for clients including Museum of Art & Design, Park Avenue Armory, Whitney Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, California Academy of Sciences and Harvard Museum of Natural History.
  • Developed marketing copy for both internal and external communications for MIT Sloan School of Business, International Center of Medieval Art and Jay Suites.

Here are a few of my favorite Food and History pieces:

Nun Better: The Holy History of Italian Pastries

Plato, plumbing and pastry might not be around today if not for Italian monks and nuns, who are credited with saving Western civilization during the tumultuous centuries known as the Dark Ages. Continue reading

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A Neighborhood of Castles in the Sky, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Washington Heights—the neighborhood in northern Manhattan that houses The Cloisters museum and gardens—is built upon a series of bluffs and cliffs. Concrete staircases and creaky subway elevators connect different sections of the neighborhood, and buildings stand tall on stilts driven deep into Manhattan schist. From a distance, blocks of apartment buildings appear like castellated European villages. However, despite its once-impenetrable terrain, or maybe because of it, Washington Heights is a place where some of the wildest and most romantic medieval-architecture fantasies in New York City have been realized for over 150 years. Continue reading ...

Inside the Zodiac Club: NYC's 145 Year Old Secret Dining Club

 On May 25th, a group of twelve men will meet for a ritual that has been shrouded in secrecy since 1868. Like their fabulously wealthy predecessors, the men are titans from our New Gilded Age, and they guard their privacy zealously. Their institution, The Zodiac Club, has met for dinner six times each year, unimpeded by both World Wars, the Great Depression, the unrest of the '60s or the terrorist attacks on September 11th. We've obtained a rare glimpse inside their clandestine culinary club. Continue reading ...